enterocyte

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

entero- +‎ -cyte

Noun[edit]

enterocyte (plural enterocytes)

  1. A cell found in the lining of the intestines and colon, participating in absorption of nutrients and secretion of digestive enzymes.
    • 2009, January 9, “Michael Buszczak et al.”, in Drosophila Stem Cells Share a Common Requirement for the Histone H2B Ubiquitin Protease Scrawny[1], volume 323, number 5911:
      ISCs signal to their daughters by Delta-Notch signaling to specify enterocyte versus enteroendocrine cell fate, but the pathway must remain inactive in the ISCs themselves to avoid differentiation.